Deontay Wilder returned to the ring in the best possible way. The former World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion knocked out Robert Helenius in the first round of their match in New York. This was Wilder’s first fight after a year’s absence. He took a long break after his second loss to Tyson Fury. With the success against Helenius Wilder now has 43 wins (42 by knockout), 2 losses and 1 draw, with all three of his winless bouts coming against Fury.
Helenius was expected to give Wilder more trouble. The experienced Finn knocked out Adam Kownacki twice in his last two fights. Helenius tried to use the fact that he is almost 20 kg heavier than Wilder and pressure his opponent. On one of these occasions, 18 seconds before the end of the round, however, Wilder landed a precise right that sent his opponent to the ground and ended the match.
It is expected that the WBC will soon announce a fight between Wilder and another former world champion – Andy Ruiz Jr., and the winner of this meeting will become a contender for the world title and get another match with Fury.
Wilder himself stated that he was ready for anyone: “Whoever they send, I’m ready. Whether it’s Andy Ruiz or Oleksandr Usyk. Deontay Wilder is back, the heavyweight excitement is back.”
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